See for yourself: captioning can change people’s lives

In today’s age of instant access to news and entertainment, captioning has become a vital component in helping people all over the world receive information. Both realtime captioning and CART reporting bring information to more than 30 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United States alone.
About Realtime Captioning
You may have been in a restaurant, gym, or airport where you watched live television with words—called captions—scrolling across the screen. What you see in those cases is realtime captioning. Assistive technology is provided on all live broadcasts as “closed captions” which are opened by your TV if you choose “CC" on your remote. Specially trained reporters use technology to provide captions for news programs, emergency broadcasts, sports events, and a host of other live programs. Realtime captioning is especially important in times of weather disasters or national emergencies.
In 1996 Congress enacted the Telecommunications Act which mandated that by 2006, 100 percent of all new television programming had to be closed-captioned. This highlights the critical need of identifying and training skilled captioners to fulfill this important community service. The audience for captioning is expanding and now includes patrons in noisy environments such as restaurants and gyms.
About CART
CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), also referred to as realtime open captioning or live-event captioning, is a way to translate the spoken word into readable text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer, and realtime software. A CART reporter often sits next to a deaf or hard-of-hearing person writing everything that happens on a computer screen so that this person can read it. A CART reporter is not just there to create a verbatim record, but to help the deaf or hard-of-hearing person understand the proceedings, which may mean paraphrasing, interpreting, and two-way communication.
These professionals can work in a variety of settings, enabling CART students to further their education and explore different career paths. The CART/captioning program at Prince Institute can help you gain the skills necessary to help clients in:

  • Courtrooms
  • Classrooms
  • Conventions and conferences
  • Personal appointments and meetings
  • Religious services and civic events
  • Cultural presentations and more

With the signing of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, CART/captioning will be of even greater importance, as this act requires that all Internet video that is broadcast on television must also be captioned on the Web.
This field is evolving and the Prince Institute CART/captioning program can help prepare you for the rewarding and diverse challenges that lie ahead.